7-yr-old shot dead while sitting on her father's lap by Myanmar forces amid coup

7-yr-old shot dead while sitting on her father's lap by Myanmar forces amid coup

Rights group Save the Children says more than 20 children are among dozens of people who have been killed.

A 7-year-old girl died of bullet wounds in Myanmar's second city Mandalay on Tuesday, people working for a funeral service told Reuters.

Witnesses said the girl had been shot inside her home when security forces opened fire in a suburb of the city.

Residents said at least one person had been killed in shooting elsewhere in Mandalay.

Rights group Save the Children says more than 20 children are among dozens of people who have been killed.

In total, the military says 164 people have been killed in protests, while the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) activist group puts the death toll at at least 261.

The military earlier on Tuesday expressed sadness at the death of protesters, but blamed them for bringing anarchy to the country. An army spokesman said anti-coup demonstrators were responsible for acts of violence and arson.

The child has been identified as Khin Myo Chit. Aid workers said a rescue team rushed to get her medical treatment, but could not save her life.

Family members say her 19-year-old brother was also arrested.

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In a statement, Save the Children said it was "horrified" by the girl's death, which came a day after a 14-year-old boy was reportedly shot dead in Mandalay.

"The death of these children is especially concerning given that they reportedly were killed while being at home, where they should have been safe from harm. The fact that so many children are being killed on an almost daily basis now shows a complete disregard for human life by security forces," the group said.

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